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Empty Bowl Lunch hopes to raise $125,000
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Jessica Green, right, accepts a bowl of soup from Gainesville Police Chief Carol Martin on Sept. 27, 2016, at First Baptist Church during the annual Georgia Mountain Food Bank Empty Bowl Lunch. Money from the event goes to support Georgia Mountain Food Bank programs throughout the year.
With a fundraising goal of $125,000 for this year’s Empty Bowl Lunch, officials are making room for more tables at the event. “We are putting the most tables in there that we have ever put in the room to accommodate the crowd,” said Kay Blackstock, executive director of Georgia Mountain Food Bank, which is the beneficiary of the funds raised through the event. “We are close to a sellout.” A sellout would mean 810 people attending the ninth-annual event, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the banquet hall of First Baptist Church at 751 Green St. in Gainesville. More than 700 people attended last year.